Glendale WI (PRWEB) June 30, 2011
Lymphedema in the lower extremity is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the interstitial tissue that causes excessive swelling in the leg(s), and occasionally in other parts of the body. Lymphedema can develop when lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired, or when lymph vessels are damaged or lymph nodes have been removed.
- In the United States, the number of Medicare age individuals afflicted with lymphedema, or at risk of developing it, exceeds 6.8 million.
- The incidence of lymphedema as a consequence of cancer therapy ranges from 10- 50% and increases with time.
The National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC®) announced today, the introduction of its newest certification in the specialty of Lymphedema Lower Extremity Management (LLE™). The LLE is an advanced credential that demonstrates a candidate’s proficiency and mastery of essential knowledge and skills of lower extremity lymphedema and associated wound management. “The LLE validates a wound care professional’s expertise in lymphedema lower extremity management. It enhances their marketability, while assuring employers they are hiring a leader with tested competency in lower extremity lymphedema,” said Debbie Hecker, executive director of the National Alliance of Wound Care. The LLE is the third certification offered by the NAWC. Prerequisite education for LLE certification will be offered by Lymphedema and Wound Care Education, LLC (LWCE).
The NAWC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of excellence in wound care through the certification of wound care practitioners. It is the largest professional wound care credentialing and membership organization in the United States. The NAWC is among an elite group of more than 90 credentialing organizations that have received and maintained National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation. For more information about the LLE, DWC® and WCC® certifications, visit their website at http://www.nawccb.org.
Lymphedema and Wound Care Education, LLC (LWCE) is an organization created as a result of the joint partnership of the Wound Care Education Institute and the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. LWCE is the exclusive provider of the advanced course in Lower Extremity Lymphedema Management, a prerequisite for the LLE certification. LWCE is the second approved education partner for the National Alliance of Wound Care. For more information about LWCE, visit their website at http://www.lwce.net.
About Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy
The Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy is the premier educational institution for training qualified medical professionals to become experts in the treatment of pathologies related to the lymphatic system. Taught by the finest and most experienced faculty in the field, Norton School students receive thorough and rigorous training in the Foeldi Method of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), the therapeutic system regarded as the "Gold Standard" for the treatment of lymphedema by the International Society of Lymphology (ISL). Founded by Steve Norton, renowned authority in the field of lymphedema therapy, the Norton School offers lymphatic therapy certification courses throughout the United States, Canada, within prestigious hospital and out-patient clinical settings. For more information about the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy, visit their website at http://www.nortonschool.com
The mission of the Wound Care Education Institute is to develop multi-disciplinary wound care professionals in the United States by offering educational programs and clinical support, based on up-to-date wound care research, trends, and evidence-based practice. The Wound Care Education Institute offers a comprehensive skin and wound care training program at locations throughout the United States. For more information about WCEI, visit their website at http://www.wcei.net.